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Sudan Archives


Debut full length album from the Cincinati-born violinist and singer Brittney Parks

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    This album is filled with deeply textured soundscapes that feel contemporary but also from the not-too-distant future. The beats are crisp and reference R&B/beat culture, but are backed by gossamer strings and elegant synths
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    On her first full album Athena, Sudan Archives is soulful, surreal, and makes music on her own distinct and magnificent terms
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Sudan radiates confidence on Athena, uniting distinct musical elements as if they belonged together all along. It’s an album that sounds like nothing else
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  4. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Where her EPs stubbornly wrapped tracks of jarring, syncopated beats around those massive tracks, Athena leans more towards R&B, and Parks takes advantage of the space of an LP to smooth out any previous idiosyncrasies
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    All the added instrumental layering and effects - wriggling synthesizers, buzzing basslines, ricocheting percussion, apparition-like vocal processing, and suchlike - are nuanced, not once getting in the way of a musician who can put forth an affecting message with just her voice and violin
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The US singer and violinist’s debut album contains some of the most viscerally gorgeous music put to record this year
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s original, exhilarating and unafraid to defy genre
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  8. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    The L.A.-based singer and violinist makes her boldest and most fully formed statement yet
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  9. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Sudan Archives has given herself a belated introduction that exceeds even the loftiest expectations
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    An artist in full exploration mode like Sudan Archives excites for both the existing output and for the higher heights they will potentially attain
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a record unusual enough to be increasingly intriguing over repeated listens as you try and unpick quite what Parks is trying to say, and – perhaps the more pertinent question here – the unique way she’s trying to say it
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  12. 6.0 |   The Music

    Titles like Black Vivaldi Sonata suggest her individual sense of humour remains intact, but in the final wash-up, Athena is slick, self-assured and just a little bit too safe for its own good
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    From the opening pizzicato plunk of Did You Know to the sultry distortions of Pelicans in the Summer, the variety of modes on offer has pixelated
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